Common Injuries in Car Accidents
Each day, people in Illinois suffer harm due to car accidents resulting from distracted driving, drunk driving, and other factors. These crashes can cause a variety of injuries that can lead to serious and long-term conditions or even a tragic death in extreme situations. If you or your loved one was hurt in a car accident that was not your fault, we can help. At Therman Law Offices, our Wheaton and Schaumburg car accident lawyers have the skill and dedication to handle your case. With years of experience, we understand the nuances of Illinois personal injury law, the types of claims that a victim can bring, and the common injuries in car accidents that a victim may suffer.Examples of Common Injuries in Car Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of injury in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 2.5 million Americans go to the emergency room due to car accidents on an annual basis. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 32,166 fatal crashes and 1,715,000 injury crashes across the nation in 2015. The total number of crashes that year exceeded six million. The Illinois Department of Transportation’s 2015 “Crash Facts and Statistics” report highlights that there were 313,316 motor vehicle crashes in Illinois that year, 21 percent of which were injury crashes.
Car accidents can lead to a variety of injuries. Some common injuries in car accidents include:
- Broken bones – also known as fractures, these injuries can range in severity depending on the speed, weight, and force involved in the crash.
- Traumatic brain injury – car accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in the U.S., which takes place when the brain is damaged by a blow or piercing injury to the head.
- Burns and scarring – these injuries can lead to permanent scarring for accident victims, especially when the burns are severe.
- Back injuries – from mild back injuries to severe spinal cord damage, car accidents can cause serious conditions, such as fractures, sprains, lumbar spine injuries, ruptured discs, and thoracic spine injuries.
- Neck injuries – whiplash is a common injury associated with car accidents. Severe disc injuries and cervical dislocation can also result from car accidents.
- Crush injuries – any part of the body being caught between two objects being pushed together may result in a crush injury.
- Soft tissue injuries – sprains, strains, bruising, and other damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments are common injuries associated with auto accidents.
If you have suffered serious injuries in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you can seek compensation through a negligence claim. Proving negligence is essential to being able to establish fault in a car accident case. Negligence takes place when an injury or death is caused by a person or entity’s failure to use ordinary care. Ordinary care refers to how a reasonably prudent person would act under the same or similar circumstances. The behavior typically consists of actions but can also consist of omissions, such as a failure to yield when required by law. In order to win in such a lawsuit, the plaintiff has the burden of proving that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care, the defendant breached this duty of care, and the defendant’s breach was a direct cause of the car accident and the plaintiff’s resulting injuries.Contact a Knowledgeable Car Crash Attorney in Schaumburg or Wheaton
If you or someone close to you has suffered an injury in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your harm. At Therman Law Offices, our seasoned car accident lawyers can examine the circumstances of your case and determine the viability of your claim. We understand that dealing with a car accident is stressful, and we will handle your situation with the utmost compassion. Our attorneys represent people in Schaumburg, Wheaton, Norwood Park, Edison Park, Harwood Heights, Norridge, Elmwood Park, Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Rosemont, Elk Grove Village, and Mt. Prospect, among other communities. For more information about your legal rights and options, call us at 312-588-1900 or contact us online.